Simply put, blended reds are wines created by combining several red varietals. But, these beauties are far from simple in taste and structure. Vintners can be as creative and expressive as they wish to be when crafting their blends, as there are no regulations that restrict the making and labeling of these wines.
“In short, wines such as these represent the highest form of the winemaker's art—blending, a practice the French refer to as assemblage,” writes Steve Pitcher in his article “Proprietary Reds: The winemaker’s ultimate personal expression” in Wine News Magazine.
“Technically, just about every fine wine is a blend, even when its label unequivocally declares it to be a specific varietal, and even when the winemaker uses 100 percent of a particular grape type for its production. Assessing the relative strengths and weaknesses of lots produced from the same grape varieties grown at different sites, detecting just the right flavors, aromas, weight, and desired concentration, and skillfully assembling these components constitute the art of blending.”
If you haven’t already indulged in the pleasures of red blends, you’re in for a delightful surprise! To quote Steve Pitcher again, “These wines transcend varietal expression and create a distinctive wine that incorporates the finest elements of its component parts without speaking with one dominant voice."